I chose the cover quote of my 2021 planner with extreme care.
This wasn’t just to counteract last year’s wildly inaccurate “Grand Plans” amidst a year that proved to hold anything but for the whole world due to Covid-19.
For this year, I wanted a quote that not only recognized the ongoing hardships of the pandemic, but one that applied to me as a person as well.
Beautiful things take time
In a lot of aspects of my life, I still consider myself a work in progress. When Taylor Swift released her album folklore last year, I felt an immediate kinship with a key lyric from the song “mirrorball”:
I’ve never been a natural
All I do is try, try, try
There’s nothing wrong with this; life is a constant learning experience, and many forms of accomplishment really do take time. This is why, in Hamilton, my favourite song from the entire musical is “Wait for It”, especially the part that says,
I’m not falling behind or running late
I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait
All of this is also why I find goal-setting—especially New Year’s Resolutions, which have the added benefit of coinciding with the fresh start of a brand-new year—so inspiring and personally valuable.
For me, a goal is a map in the direction of where I want to go—and also proof that I’m moving in any direction at all. A record to remind myself that slow and steady finishes the course at the very least, regardless of whether it actually wins the race. Assuming there even truly is a race being run.
My writing is one of the biggest aspects of my life in which I’ve long been waiting to accomplish something notable (notable to the writing community at large).
I’ve written before about how it’s taken me a long time to get good at writing, to the point of sometimes feeling like I am falling behind. And yet in 2021, I’m poised to take a new step for the first time in my writing career (querying), and also to start writing a new novel.
And so in support of this, as well as due to the continuing limitations of the pandemic, I’m keeping my resolutions for 2021 mostly writing-related, and also close to home. I’ve divided them into two categories—writing life goals and real life goals:
1) Writing life goals
- Query my WIP
- Read four key reference books in support of my next novel
- Draft my next novel
- Start researching my next-next novel
- Read the first draft of my WIP’s sequel and make general/overall revision notes
2) Real life goals
- Get more exercise (closer to my pre-pandemic amount)
- Make a will
- Miscellaneous career goals
- Finish de-cluttering my apartment (continued from 2020)
- Living room
[ ] Bookshelf
[ ] Desk
[X] Magazine box
- Dining room
[ ] Side chair
[X] On top of cupboards
[X] Behind the oven
[X] Behind the fridge
[X] Coat closet
[X] Shoe trays
[ ] Storage closet
[X] Shower caddy
[X] Medicine cabinet
[X] Cupboard under the sink
[ ] Top of dresser/ornament shelf
[ ] Dresser drawers
[ ] Smallclothes drawers
[ ] Nightstand
[ ] Under the bed
Happy 2021 everyone!
(Image source – J.G. Noelle)